U.S. Desk LHVnews; President Obama has elevated the position of command of U.S. Army forces in the Pacific to a four-star command.
The position has been assumed by three-star Generals for years. But a U.S. Army Pacific statement confirmed Tuesday that Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks has been nominated by Obama to assume the post.
Nomination of Lieutenant General Brooks for promotion to four-star General brings the U.S. Army Pacific Command on par with the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet and the U.S. Air Force Pacific Command, both of which are currently led by commanders with four-star rank. Brooks currently commands Third Army and conducts ground sustainment operations in Afghanistan.
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski has asked to retire after 34 years in the Army, the last eight of which were spent in various Pacific commands, Army officials said.
The decision comes as the administration and the Pentagon continue what they call a "rebalance” of forces toward the Asia-Pacific region. The rebalancing also includes plans to position 60 percent of the Navy’s ships in the Pacific. If confirmed by Congress, Brooks is slated to assume command June 5 at the Army’s Pacific headquarters at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
Brooks graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1980, where he became the first African-American cadet in the school’s history to be named cadet brigade commander, according to his official biography.
U.S. Army Pacific includes approximately 62,000 soldiers spanning from Alaska to the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan.